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Magnus Carlsen vs Stefan Randjelovic
NOR Championship Group Miniputt (1999), Gausdal NOR, rd 1, Jul-03
Englund Gambit Complex: General (A40)  ·  0-1


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  Tabanus: Carlsen's very first tournament game.
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  alexmagnus: <Tabanus> Where on earth do you get this information?
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  Tabanus: <alexmagnus> By years of collecting, is all I can say :)
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  alexmagnus: For a game between two near-beginners, quite a rare mate position.
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  Appaz: Great contribution, <Tabanus>!

Carlsen was 8 years old (4 months before his 9th birthday I guess) when playing this game, which means it was right after he started getting interested in chess for real. As we know, he learned the game a few years earlier.

The quality of the game should give hope for most kids with ambitions of becoming a great player :)

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  Tabanus: <Appaz> I can also say that the games were collected during 2004-2010. In 2004 (when I realized Magnus' games were collectable), many games were still available at But now, though the reports are there, the links are mostly dead, and the games are gone.
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  Appaz: If I read your post right and you missed some of them: have you tried to contact Eirik T. Gullaksen?

A complete collection of all of Magnus' tournament games would certainly be of historical interest.

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  Tabanus: <Appaz> I've tried everything, incl. phoning and mailing to clubs and players. :) There are only about 8 games missing with normal time control. So it's almost complete. I'll post later exactly which games are missing (till 2010, excl. rapid and blitz).
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  Appaz: I still have all my tournament games from 30+ years ago, so maybe going as close to the source as possible: Papa Carlsen, please help us! :)
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: the Englund used to be a bit of a weakness for the World Champion. Carlsen vs Jan Henrik Ytteborg, 2000

I doubt that anyone will ever try it again.

Oct-02-16  Christoforus Polacco: 7. ... Q:e5 is enough.
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  Tabanus: Missing Magnus games, reposted here:

Of his games with normal thinking time, I know of nine games who are missing (there may be a few more missing club games). These are:

Skei Grand Prix Group B (Gausdal), 30 July - 1 August 1999:

1) <Unknown player 0> (not Øhman, Odd Hansen or Linda Hensen)

Arnold Grand Prix (Gausdal), 10-14 January 2000:

2) <Santa Rause 1> (not asked)

3) <Anders Bekker-Jensen 1> (ABJ does not have the game)

NTG Grand Prix Group B, 4-6 February 2000:

4) <Oddbjørn Christensen (NOR 992) - Carlsen ½-½> (OC does not have it)

ASKO Pinse Tournament Group B, 10-12 June 2000:

5) <Carlsen (904) - Jo Vederhus (NOR 1304) 1-0> (Vederhus' does not have it)

Asker SK Club Tournament Group A (4), 2 (?) October 2000:

6) <Carlsen (1323) - Vegard Hole (NOR 1442) 1-0> (Hole does not have it)

Asker SK Club Tournament Group A (6), 23 (?) October 2000:

7) <Carlsen (1323) - Neil Benn (NOR 1574) 1-0> (Benn: probably lost to the annuls of history)

Norwegian Individual Championships Group Junior (Kristiansund), 8-14 July 2001:

8) <Carlsen (2084) - Torill Skytte (NOR 1661) 0-1> (TS does not have the game)

9) <Carlsen (2084) - Lars Gunnesdal (NOR 1889) ½-½> (LG does not have it)

The last two games are probably still in the archives of the Kristiansund chess club. The rest may be hard to find.

Oct-10-17  Adina2017: After I watched a documentary about the rise of Magnus Carlsen, I wanted to propose this scandalous plan: he should donate his spermatozoa to equally intellectually gifted fertile females so the world can be blessed with super-brilliant children who we can then steer into Science, Math, Physics, Medicine fields and can enjoy the gifts of their mind.

Idiocracy no more!
Geniuses at work and play.

Oct-10-17  scholes: Carlsen played like 8 year old.
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  alexmagnus: But a year later against the same opponent he played way better than one would expect of a 9-year-old
Oct-25-18  painterofallon: Chess is a great game. I really enjoy playing it with my co-workers on our lunch break.
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